News from the DNR Office of Communications

Registration Open for Fall "Outdoors Woman" Workshop

Swanton, MD – The Maryland “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” (BOW) program is now accepting registrations for its fall 2009 workshop. The fall workshop will be held at the Garrett County 4-H camp near Deep Creek Lake on October 23 through 25. BOW offers outdoor skills workshops in a relaxed environment specifically for women 18 years of age and older to learn outdoor skills. Men are also welcome.

“The BOW program promotes a casual setting helpful to learning, making friends and having fun,” said BOW State Coordinator Patty Allen. “The program’s safe, hands-on approach gives participants the knowledge to further pursue their interest once the workshop is over.”

Maryland adopted the “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” program in 1994 (which was nationally formed in 1991). Since then, Maryland has offered quality outdoor experiences to over 4,000 participants. The emphasis of BOW is on the enjoyment and camaraderie that goes along with outdoor recreation, whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking or boating.

Participants choose from of over 30 courses such as outdoor photography, geocaching, turkey hunting, fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, outdoor survival skills and many more. Participants may design their outdoor experience to match their own interests. Weekend workshops begin with lunch on Friday and end with lunch on Sunday.
For more information and to register for the upcoming workshop, visit or call Patty Allen at 410-260-8537.

   June 29, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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